Why Roger Gardens + Delicious Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Roger Myers, Lehman’s Gardening Category Manager, has a wealth of gardening knowledge that’s well-known throughout our company. Each year, his half-acre garden produces many types of vegetables – his favorites are tomatoes and lettuce – and Roger and his wife enjoy doing lots of canning and freezing of their garden’s bounty. Continue reading

Our Kitchen Manager’s Top Picks!

We Lehman’s employees all have our “favorites” – favorite products, that is. And sometimes, they are the least fancy, least attractive things – items that, if you saw them on the shelf of our store, you might just walk on by. But wait! Don’t do that! Here’s why… Continue reading

The Old Ways: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

Here’s something interesting: My two grandmothers are almost exactly the same age (late 80s). They are from the same generation – both lived through the Great Depression with their large families. And yet, today they have almost completely opposite views of “the old ways” that were part of their everyday lives. Continue reading

The Canned Food Expiration Date Myth

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By Tim Young of The Self-Sufficient Life

If you’re like most people you have at least some canned goods on your shelf–maybe you have even taken up canning your own food. Either way, canned goods are a common “staple” for many reasons. However, do you really know the truth about canned food shelf life? Continue reading

Top 10 Ways to Be Self-Sufficient, Wherever You Are

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By Tim Young of theselfsufficientlife.com

“I want to be self-reliant, but I have no land. There’s no way to do urban homesteading.”

I get it…you hear the voice of self-sufficiency calling you, but for whatever reason, you’re not able or willing to secure acreage.

What can you do? Continue reading

Buying In Bulk: It’s Not Just For Food

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It’s that time of the year. The harvest is in and my canners are running full tilt as we put the fruits of our labors up to see us through a long, cold winter.

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5 Ways to Sink Your Teeth Into Apple Season

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Is it possible to have too many apples? It’s been a bumper year for apples on our Ohio homestead. We’ve made enough applesauce for ourselves and our extended family, shared some apples, and they still keep coming. Fortunately, there are lots of other great ways to preserve this versatile fruit and enjoy eating it all winter. Here are a few delicious solutions to try. Continue reading

Keep Your Valuables Safe!

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I don’t know about you, but for my wife and I, our canned food is one of our most valuable possessions. Many people can their garden produce for a cheap family source of food. That’s what we did for most of our lives. But, with our kids out of the house, our focus now is on quality. Continue reading

Applesauce Day

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Late summer means it’s time for one of my favorite traditions: Applesauce Day. For years, the kids and I have spent a day or two each summer making a year’s worth of applesauce with my mother. It’s a family tradition that grows sweeter every year.

This year, the day was extra-special because for the first time, we did not have to buy any apples. Our young trees produced a bumper crop of chemical-free, mostly worm-free apples. We did a batch of Transparent apples and a second batch of Summer Rambos. Continue reading